99 Things You Need to Know Now
an extreme pressure test
on the entire healthcare system. While clinicians performed above and beyond, the crisis really identified where the opportunities in healthcare are.
Today most healthcare facilities are built with fixed components, such as permanent walls and millwork. This approach makes it difficult to change the space quickly when new needs or crises occur. By creating spaces that are more versatile with components that are not as fixed, such as height-adjustable desks, moveable screens, modular casework, furniture on casters, you can provide ad-hoc flexibility to any space. And organizations save money with furniture that supports multiple functions or can be updated more easily. A cafe space can be transformed into a training room. A multipurpose zone replaces a traditional waiting room.
happens must be met
with extreme flexibility
— handling what’s
now and anticipating
“Medical facilities are mostly designed to help you get physically better – but they don’t always account for the rest of you,” says Seth Starner, Advanced Explorations, Steelcase Health. “By creating spaces that are warmer and approachable, patients and loved ones can feel a little safer and more taken care of, tending to their overall wellness.”
By using materials that are both functional and beautiful, providing access to natural light and
giving patients more control over their experience, healthcare environments can become more calming and welcoming.
need to address both the physical
wellbeing of people.
a big recruitment and retention issue.”
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